Caïn by Henri Vidal, Tuileries Garden, Paris, 1896

The correct reaction on seeing “grammer”.

Please… whatever else you do… spell GRAMMAR with an A at the end and not an E.

  • GRAMM A R – yes
  • GRAMM E R – no

According to Google, a search for ‘grammer’ brings up over 4 million hits.

Google results for GRAMMER

However, things seem to be getting better. Looking at Google n-grams we can see that people seem to be spelling grammar correctly better now than at any time during the past 100 years. Possibly as a result of spell-checkers on their computer, but this has to be a good thing.

Graph of GRAMMER use over 100 years.

Nonetheless, we still see teachers and students spell this word wrongly; only the other day we had a resume sent to us from a TEFL teacher with an MA and they spelled grammar wrongly. As you might imagine, their application went no further…

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